A Conversation About Depression


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A Conversation About Depression

November 11, 2015 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Join us for a luncheon focused on leading advances in depression research at Van Andel Institute. You will also learn more about treatment options, patient care and how you can help a friend or family member with depression.





11:30am – 12:00pm

Guest Arrival and Networking

12:00pm -1:00pm

Welcome Remarks by Maranda

Welcome Remarks by Carol Van Andel


—Lunch is served—

Remarks by Dr. Lena Brundin, Van Andel Research Institute

Remarks by Dr. Eric Achtyes, Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services

Remarks by Dr. Bill Sanders, Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services

1:00pm -1:30pm

Q & A Session – Moderated by Maranda

Closing Remarks by Maranda


Event Emcee

Maranda1Maranda is the WOTV 4 Women kids and family expert. She hosts a daily half-hour program, “Where You Live”, which features a combination of information, inspiration and insights for West Michigan parents. The show is taped around West Michigan and is about real family life. She is the co-author of Maranda’s Guide to Family Fun in West Michigan, a book for parents and children. Maranda also offers weekly family fun updates on STAR 105.7 and Daybreak on WOOD TV8.

Maranda joined WOOD TV8, WOTV 4 and WXSP TV in January of 2001 as Children and Family Services Manager, but has served the community as an advocate for kids and families for more than 25 years. Maranda oversees the development of station projects on-air, online and in our community that target kids and families.

Maranda is the recipient of three Gracie Allen Awards, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Women in Radio and Television West Michigan Chapter, an Emmy nomination, the Hope College Distinguished Alumni Award, a 2011 YWCA Tribute! Award, and the 2014 Van Andel Institute Angel of Excellence Award.

Lena Brundin, M.D., Ph.D.


Dr. Brundin earned her Ph.D. in neurobiology and her M.D. from Lund University, Sweden. During her residency, she also completed a postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Lil Träskman-Bendz, a well-known expert in suicide research. In 2010, she was named a senior researcher in psychiatry by the Swedish Research Council and formed the Psychoimmunology Unit at Lund University, where she later became an associate professor in clinical psychiatry as well as a practicing clinical psychiatrist. She moved to Grand Rapids in 2012 to join Van Andel Research Institute and Michigan State University. She currently is an associate professor in VARI’s Center for Neurodegenerative Science.

Dr. Brundin’s translational research efforts focus on investigating the role of inflammatory mediators in psychiatric conditions. Her ultimate goal is to develop biomarkers for depression and suicide risk, as well as furthering the field’s understanding of the biology of depression to develop better therapies.

Eric D. Achtyes, M.D., M.S.

AchtyesEbackupResPic0113Eric D. Achtyes, MD, MS, is a staff psychiatrist and researcher holding appointments at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services, Cherry Health and Network180, all located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is currently Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Director/Chair of the Division of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine since 2011.

Dr. Achtyes earned his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Calvin College in 1997, a Master of Science degree from the University of Washington, in Seattle in 1998, and his medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor in 2003.

Dr. Achtyes’ main research interests include improving treatment for patients with schizophrenia and depression. He has served as an investigator on more than two dozen clinical trials including several CMMS, NIMH, NIAAA and NIDA sponsored studies, the results of which have been published in journals such as the British Medical Journal and Journal of the American Medical Association.  Dr. Achtyes has served as President of the Michigan Psychiatric Society, the district branch of the American Psychiatric Association, representing patients and psychiatric physicians across the state of Michigan

William Sanders, D.O., M.S.

Bill Sanders photoWilliam Sanders, D.O., M.S. received his Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine from Michigan State University in 2001. After graduating from psychiatry residency he completed a forensic psychiatry fellowship at the University of Florida. Then Dr. Sanders began working at Pine Rest in July of 2008. During his time at Pine Rest he has held positions in the hospital based services partial hospitalization program, inpatient unit, and psychiatric medical unit. Furthermore, he helped develop the Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology Services Department and continues to provide forensic evaluations. Upon arrival at Pine Rest he also served as the Michigan State University Medical School Psychiatry Clerkship Director. Finally, Dr. Sanders has been instrumental in helping develop and start the Pine Rest/MSU Psychiatry Residency Program here in Grand Rapids. He continues to serve as the Pine Rest Psychiatry Residency Program Director and remains passionate about training the next generation of physicians and psychiatrists. Dr. Sanders is board certified in Adult and Forensic Psychiatry by the ABPN and ACONP. Other roles include Director of Graduate Medical Education in the Michigan State University Division of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine and Legislative Representative as the Michigan Psychiatric Society Area IV Representative.



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November 11, 2015
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
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